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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    the word saw is the suitable word it should be using here, cause the word yesterday had clarified the time which is past simple, cause if we choose have seen that means we will not need to the word yesterday which located in the end of the sentence as the rule says.

    but with yesterday we use the simple past tense.

    for example we can say I saw King of Darkness yesterday.
    or
    I have seen King of Drakness.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    What is the difference between these two sentences?





    a)I have read this novel.
    b)I read it about 8 years ago.



    Why is the same tense used for this in other languages?

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by teacherjuli View Post
    What is the difference between these two sentences?


    Hi

    a]I have read this novel.-present perfect tense simple : recently completed action or past action completed in an unspecified time :
    I have (already)read this novel.
    I have (just) read this novel.

    b]I read it about 8 years ago.-past tense simple :finished action



    Why is the same tense used for this in other languages?
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    In some other languages, speakers use only time expressions to state the time when the action is completed.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    The Past Simple Tense is used
    a) To show something that happened in the past
    b) To express an action wholly completed in the past:


    The Past Perfect Tense states that an action was completed at a certain point of time in the past
    This tense refers to two periods of time, one action being completed before the other takes place

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The word yesterday makes all the difference here. It provides a time frame, and that makes all the difference. You can say I have seen him today, but you can't say I have seen him yesterday. I suppose the reason for that is that while saw refers to the past, have seen is about both the past and the present.

    How's that?

    :wink:

    yes i agree with you but you can say i saw him yesterday .....

    and

    dont try to say i have seen him yesterday cause if you want to say i have

    seen him ........ you can use that for along distance not yesterday ...

    that right dear todal

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    Re: Past Simple or past Perfect?

    I had my hair cut. help with grammar please

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    Re: Past Simple or past Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita1 View Post
    I had my hair cut. help with grammar please
    Hi

    have - causative verb [ in your example]

    I had my hair cut- somebody else cut my hair[ I gave the responsibility to somebody else to cut my hair] .
    I had my car fixed [ I gave the responsibility to my/the mechanic to fix my car ]

    I cut my hair - I myself cut my hair.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Hi there, can anyone help me? i have two sentences:
    1) i had my hair cut.
    2) i wouldn't if i were you.
    I'd like to know the tenses used in them and how can i explain them to someone in an easiest way.
    Thanks

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita1 View Post
    Hi there, can anyone help me? i have two sentences:
    1) i had my hair cut.
    2) i wouldn't if i were you.
    I'd like to know the tenses used in them and how can i explain them to someone in an easiest way.
    Thanks
    Hi, I'm new and my English is not good enough but I'll try my best to explain.
    The first sentence: It's a kind of passive voice in the simple past tense. The general form of this sentence is "to have smth done". I think you've known the meaning already.
    The second sentence: It's an unreal conditional sentence in the present tense. The general form is "If + S + V.ed , S + would do".

    Hope it can help a little.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    present perfect tense always cause a big or actually a huge problem for me
    I don't know how to use it and when I should use it

    It is very difficult for me

    please can you help to understand it very well

    I would be thankful and grateful if you explain it for me

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